Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Post #115 - Back At It

Many have noted it. I've seen it myself. August and September are the "dog days" of blogging. Maybe it's because most of us are baseball card bloggers, as opposed to football, so with the long season winding down the urge to write or read about the sport (especially when the playoff picture has become clearer and clearer with each passing day) has lessened. Maybe it's because of a lack of releases (I've yet to see my Wal-Mart stock A&G, Archives, or hardly even Heritage in 2018). I haven't posted all of September; part of that is a lack of time, while part of it is also a lack of cardboard to write about. I was intending on doing an Autograph Appreciation post last last week but life jumped in the way yet again. Hopefully this post can get me back on a solid track.

A while back, in a previous post, I had showcased some cards from the group break I participated in with Cards on Cards. While I was finally able to get a long overdue thank you package out to Kerry last week, I was also able to send a few of the cards from said break to an even better home.

You see, Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown had mentioned that a few of the cards I scanned fit one of his PCs. So, while constructing my weekly bubble mailer one week, I threw some PC cards together for him (as well as the two he mentioned) and fired it off. Gavin's (unnecessary) return package was in my mailbox last night, and if you've ever gotten cards from BCB, you know he always packs a punch. Let's see the contents.

The first thing I noticed was the note Gavin included with the envelope. Usually, most of us just use scratch paper or index cards (I myself am still working through my college stash of 3x5 cards and only recently used up the neon green ones), but check this out:

The front may seem like a regular note, until one takes in the back.

I don't know if Gavin created this specifically for sending out with trade packages, but how cool is this? It's even personalized at the bottom, if you look at the tagline. With the stuff Panini and Topps are churning out these days, either one of them could benefit from Gavin's talents and creativity *hint, hint*

Now, on to the cardboard!

New Joey Votto card alert! One of these days (hopefully soon) I finish up documenting my Posey collection and wantlist and move on to Votto cards - I think this PC is really starting to gain some momentum.

This Homer Bailey card from 2010 Upper Deck missed being new to my collection by about 4 days, as this past weekend I picked up a small box that I had left at my parents (along with still a bulk of my collection) and this was in it. That being said, I'd still like to build this set someday, so this card gets shelved until it's future use comes around.

Here's something odd; the only other card in the envelope that I already had documented was the Bowman gold parallel on the right. A welcome dupe nonetheless, but it's always odd for me to pick up a double parallel before a base card. That Bowman Chrome rookie on the left however...hubba hubba! That card alone was more than fair based on what I sent to Oregon, but we aren't done yet!

Topps Mini! These 2013 parallels mark my first such cards. I've never seen this for sale anywhere. Are they an online exclusive every year?

These 1982 Topps K-Mart 20th Anniversary cards of Joe Morgan are welcome additions as well. I love cards like this.

No, that's not me. That's Jason Campbell, from the 1994 Vision Generation Extreme set. Gavin, of course, has collections of every player named Gavin. While Jason seems to be a bit more of a common name and I don't think that's something I could pull off, I do now have a 100% complete PC of one of them. This is Campbell's only trading card issued.

While it doesn't seem like it would "fit" my collection, I'm always thrilled to add unique, fun cards. This one will join my future mini-binder of customs, fun stuff, and a 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken (someday).

Finally, Gavin landed one more punch for me.

Ronald Martin from LSU is a member of the Indianapolis Colts and is currently sitting on the injured reserve list.

But regardless of injured reserve or practice squad, bench player or future Hall of Famer, Ronald Martin was previously unrepresented in my Green Autograph Binder, so this 2015 Leaf Draft AU slides into a spot nicely.

Gavin, thanks for an excellent envelope. This was a lot of fun to document and sift through, and I'm sure I'll have another bubble mailer ready for you sometime in the future. Thanks for reading!


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Post #114 - How to Say Thanks

The last month or so, I've been trying to get a bubble mailer sent out every Friday to different bloggers. Last week was Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown; the week before that was Night Owl Cards. While Marc at Remember the Astrodome wasn't near the top of the list at the time, he was on there; after all, few have wantlists easier to comb through than he does.

Plus, I just dumped a flat rate envelope on him a few weeks back, and my Astros hoard is somewhat depleted because of it (not that I'm complaining; it's a good thing!). However, after going to my mailbox Wednesday afternoon, Bru is going to have to be bumped up the list a little bit, because the odd-shaped bubble mailer I found was just unbelievable.

I should add that I knew this mailer was coming; Marc had left a comment on a previous post about obtaining my address so he could throw some PC stuff my way. But still...let's start with the Reds. And for fun, let's see a running count of how many new cards to my Reds collection we find here.

We start with a trio of early score. I've said it before and I'll keep saying, but I love seeing Dave Parker in red (and gray/white). Of these three, only the Parker is a dupe, but because I like it so much, I'm not complaining. New cards: 2

Sticking with Score, only the John Franco in the upper left is from the 1990 base set; the rest are from the Traded. How many are new? All five! And as a kicker, the four Traded cards are the only four from the set, so that "team set" is done! New cards: 7

1987 Topps, anyone? We might all be sick of this design by now, but any card with Pete Rose on it is a winner in my book. And at this point, I suspect Marc may have looked at my Reds collection on the TCDB, because all four of these are new as well. New cards: 11

A smattering of a few more junk wax sets here (as always, "junk wax" used subjectively). Man that 1991 Fleer is loud (I can't wait to build that set someday). Regarding new cards, Bru continues his hot streak, as only the Browning is a duplicate! New cards: 16

What at first seems to be three 1990 Topps cards is actually three different sets. The Leary is from the base set, the Layana from the Traded set, and the Morris is from the Traded light back set (it appears). I'd say all three of these have a good chance at being new, and they are! New cards: 19.

Unfortunately, we have our first 0-for, as all three of these Reds cards already reside in the collection. That includes the Joey Votto, which is rare; usually he's just in the PC and not the Reds collection. Alas, we move on. New cards: 19.

I know we have some new ones here, because I've opened 0 A&G, one pack of Stadium Club, and one fat pack of Big League, and none of these cards arrived. The only one I wasn't sure on was the Mella Series 2, but that's a need too. Bru is back on track! New cards: 25

How about three more new ones as well? The Morgan is a "Cards Your Mom Threw Out" insert from 2010 Topps and is the one duplicate (albeit a great one), while the Perez is from 2013 Archives. New cards: 28

These 2016 Topps Stickers were hard to scan with the white borders, and the logo actually is attached to another logo sticker as well (Cleveland). But these three are new as well, so Total new cards: 31.

I kept a running total of new Reds cards because Bru mentioned in his note that he hoped I could find some use for them. No worries Marc - as you can see, the overwhelming majority fit nicely in the Reds collection, and I'm even happy to add the duplicates as well!

Now, let's move on to some PC stuff, shall we?

Marc took care of some of my 2018 Posey needs; it's especially nice to land the Chrome, and although I have the Player's Weekend Big League card and the regular 1983 insert, I didn't have the two pictured here. Plus the Archives coin is a nice piece of metal!

Now, everything you've seen here so far would be tough enough to top on it's own. But these next few images will explain what I mean in my title about saying thanks. Because a thank you to Marc will probably never be enough.

Sure, this 1992 Upper Deck Shawn Green rookie is already in my collection. But not graded. Not graded an SGC 96. Holy cow. Bru insists he doesn't know where this came from, but I'm sure glad it's mine. What an awesome addition to my PC.

Not nearly as awesome as these, though:

Say, how do I look on the 1970 Topps design? I had an inkling this might be coming; after all, he found me on Twitter to ask if this picture on Flickr was me, and after I confirmed, I put two and two together and knew he was up to something. I didn't know it was this, though!

Nor this:

Bam! 1959 Topps, how do ya like it? It's every kid's dream to be on a baseball card someday, and thanks to Marc's awesome skills, now I can say I'm on not one, not two...

...but three! I think this might be my favorite of the three, as I love the '88 Topps design and I'm a sucker for this photo. Ultimately, my dad may end up with one of these three (this last one is off-limits to him, I already decided that), but all of them will be a treasured part of my collection for the rest of my life.

Marc, I can't say thank you enough, and it won't do it justice anyway. This was a very thoughtful, fun, and downright awesome package. I'll round up a few Astros and some PC stuff for ya and send it your way here in a few days!

Hopefully everyone enjoyed flipping through this page as much as I enjoyed shuffling through the cardboard that arrived. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Post #113 - Group Breaks are Good for the Soul

Another group break from Colbey over at Cardboard Collections. This one was a charity break, where all of the proceeds went to a fellow collector in an effort to raise money for his family's adoption. I won't go into the details for fear of not doing it justice, so you can read about it from Colbey here

As usual, I pulled down the Reds as my main spot, and after randomization received the A's as team #2. Some very interesting products were a part of this break: 2012 Topps Opening Day, 2013 Panini Prizm, 2013 Pinnacle, and a bonus blaster of 2018 Topps Chrome.

Let's start with the opening act and the Oakland A's:

These were my Opening Day representatives from Oakland, including two Josh Reddick rookie cups.

Shiny is fun! Especially the Doolittle rookie. Not a huge name, but I could have done worse.

And the Pinnacle portion of Oakland. Looks like all I'm missing from the team set is Grant Balfour (not that I'm in a rush to complete it by any stretch). I really like the Ricky Henderson card in the middle of the top row, even sans logo.

If anyone is interested in any of the A's cards, they don't really fit my collection so just drop me a line.

Now, for the main attraction, let's see what Reds cards Colbey pulled for me!

Excuse the crooked scans. Quite a few duplicates, but that doesn't bother me so much. Two Votto's means one for the PC and one for the Reds box; that doesn't happen often!

I also scored a few inserts from the Opening Day box; both the Skills and Superstar Celebrations are headed to the Votto PC, but Gapper (I still think Mr. Redleg should be the mascot representative) can hit the Reds box with the rest of 'em!

Just like with the A's, I'm only one card away from the team set. Ha! Kidding! Two cards - this Votto is also headed to the PC, as I didn't have it. Anyone got an extra?

One of the inserts from this set was a five card "Hit King" insert, featuring Pete Rose - I ended up with card number 5, so now it's off to track down four more!

This "Essence of the Game" insert was one of my favorites. It's hard to tell in the scan, but all of that white area with the stars is clear. Pretty sweet addition to the Votto PC.

Another card with an acetate feature, and this one features some serious shine, even though both are hard to tell in the scan here as well. This is a really awesome card, and the blue sky helps me overlook the lack of team logos.

And let's finish with some shiny, including a 2018 Chrome Votto!

Colbey, thanks so much for another great group break, and for an outstanding cause at that. The world needs more people like you, and I'm glad you're a part of the hobby!

As always, thanks for reading.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Post #112 - Some PC Adds

Picture heavy, quick post tonight, since I have a little bit of time. I wanted to take this opportunity to show off a few recent pick-ups for some of my modern PCs as I file them away.

Only one Joey Votto at this time, although I'm going to have plenty more after recapping my latest group break results from Colbey in my next post.

2018 Donruss is old news at this point, what with Stadium Club, A&G, Heritage, and most recently Archives already hitting the shelves, but this one recently came back out of a stack from back in May and I realized it needed to be added to the Votto PC. I still need to catalog that entire collection and come up with a wantlist. Maybe next week.

I say next week because the rest of these scans will feature Buster Posey cards, and that's my project for the rest of this week: finish those wantlists!

A trio from 2018 Flagship. The base and '83 insert were both pack pulls early in the year, some of my first rips of the new season. Felt really good knocking those two off right out of the gate. The blue Legends in the Making came courtesy of my dad this weekend. He had ripped some packs the other day, forgotten what was in them, and passed them to me to flip through. Not quite as fun as ripping your own, but when a card like this falls out and is given to you for free? Thanks Pops!

The rest of these were picked up tonight at the card shop in the mall. After doing some shopping, dad and I swung in (as we always do) and I pulled eight Posey's out of the dollar bin (unfortunately, no quarter or dime bins to be had). As I went to pay, dad beat me to the punch and handed over the cash before I could - yet another thanks, dad!

Sticking with 2018, this Bowman base single was probably overpriced at a dollar, but it was a need and sometimes those take sacrifices.

This Stadium Club base single from last year was a need too. Gotta admit, I was disappointed picking through these cards from that box - all in toploaders, without penny sleeves around them. I didn't check any other cards, and didn't even realize it on the Posey's until I got home, but really? I don't know that I've ever put a card in a toploader without a penny sleeve. Not something I like.

The lack of penny sleeves made pulling cards like this Chrome Update card from last year out of the toploader a pain. Pleased to add it for a buck though.

No, I didn't take the shopkeep for a ride and snag a Posey Chrome RC for a dollar. This is one of those Topps All-Time Rookie Cup inserts or something from last years Chrome Update set. Here's the back as proof:

Regardless, still a nice add.

This represents my first Holiday card from Topps. I still haven't figured out what the hell the point of these are, except to maybe remind a former NAIA ballplayer how miserable playing baseball in the Midwestern United States in February can be.

Of the eight I picked up tonight, this was the only one that I wasn't sure if it was a duplicate or not - I still haven't checked. I don't think it is, but hey, there are worse cards to have two of.

I really like this Stadium Club "Beam Team" insert from 2016 - again, my first of its kind.

And to wrap things up, this "Passion" insert from 2015 Panini Prizm. It's been mentioned a million times, but unlicensed isn't so bad when the subject is covered in catcher's gear.

That's all I've got tonight - thanks for taking the time to stop by, and have a great rest of your week!